Cambridgeshire is 120th out of 151 local authorities in terms of money received for education per pupil
PUBLISHED: 12:28 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 07 September 2017
Cambridgeshire is 120th out of 151 local authorities in terms of money received for education per pupil, figures have revealed.
As a result, Cambridgeshire County Council is calling on the Government to give local school children a fairer deal on education.
The current funding formula, dating back to 2005, has led to county schools being underfunded for a number of years, with a gap of 47 per cent between the average per pupil funding received by counties and inner London.
This means a £2,000 gap per pupil, per year given by government to spend on Cambridgeshire children compared to some other areas of the country.
Cambridgeshire is currently ranked 120th out of 151 local authorities in terms of money received per pupil via the Schools Block element of the Dedicated Schools Grant.
Steve Count, Cambridgeshire County Council leader, said: “We are joining with county councils across the UK to ask our MPs to take a message to the government to make some changes to their Funding Formula plans.
“We support the County Council’s Network in asking for a sufficient rate of lump sum payment so that small rural schools receive adequate funding to remain viable without the need for a sparsity factor.”